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Savings by and for the Poor

In a new CGD working paper Dean Karlan and co-authors identify five barriers that cause poor people to save less than they would otherwise.

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Guest-Worker Programs That Work

Michael Clemens describes successful guest worker programs in New Zealand and Canada. He suggests the US follow suit.

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Where to Put the Windmills?

South Africa is among the 130 countries with renewable energy targets. Kevin Ummel shows how spatiotemporal planning can minimize intermittency—and cut costs.

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Philippines Call for Aid Transparency

The Philippines has launched a foreign aid information hub and gently encouraged donors to follow through on their own transparency pledges.

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MCC Country Selection? It’s Complicated

Sarah Rose counters criticism of MCC’s country-selection process and explains why accurately measuring control of corruption isn’t an easy task.

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We Rank the Rich, and Denmark’s on Top

Denmark tops this year’s Commitment to Development Index with strong scores on aid, finance, and security. The UK is seventh and the US is tied for 19th.

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Giving Up on Development?

Readers respond to Lant Pritchett’s contention that focusing on ending extreme poverty means giving up on development. Join the conversation.

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Typhoons and Transparency

The international relief response heading to the central Philippines will be a lot more effective if funders embrace transparency, starting with USAID.

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Climate Talks Round 19

Michele de Nevers discusses expectations for COP19 as negotiators gather in Warsaw; Frances Seymour reports on growing demand for action on forests.

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Fortress Atlantic?

Developing countries could be the unintended losers in the proposed US-EU trade deal known as TTIP. Kim Elliott explains—and offers some tips of her own.

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